It was a big weekend for ISU Cross Country, as some runners competed in the Bradley Classic Friday, and others competed Saturday at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.
Ryan Rutherford stole the show for the Redbirds as he set an ISU record time in an 8K race at 23:50, beating the previous record time of 24:08 by Matt Mroczynski in 2008.
“Ryan is the story of the day for the Redbirds,” Head Coach Jeff Bovee said. “He ran a breakout race of 23:50, which is a school record. He ran a 24:21 on our course at home, which is a relatively fast course compared to this one. He just stuck his nose up there with the top guys in the country. He has established himself now as a guy that can run for an individual best to the NCAA Championships, which it has been a long time since Illinois State has had one of those. I still think he has a better season ahead of him. I think he has a lot of legs to go, especially in the 10,000-meter distance, which is what he will run at the Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships.”
Rutherford finished 20th in the race, competing with some of the best runners in the country.
Tyler Morse finished next for the Redbirds with a time of 25:09, and placed 194th. He was followed by Jeff Bajema three seconds later with a time of 25:12 who placed 205th. Following was Sean Senf (25:18, 226th) and Dave Eckhart (25:31, 252nd) to round out the Redbirds’ top five.
Rachel Brewer finished first for the Redbird women. She also placed 61st of 340 runners and finished the 6K race with a time of 21:09.
Brewer was followed by Kim Christensen (21:39, 130th), Kristin Zillmer (21:55.48, 173rd), Haley Goers (21:55.98, 175th) and Kelly McShea (22:17, 236th) who rounded out the women’s top five.
The Redbird men finished 39th as a team and the women finished 27th. Colorado won the men’s race and Georgetown finished first for the women.
As for the runners who competed in the Bradley Classic on Friday, Scott Janusick finished first for the Redbirds with an 8K time of 26:02. Followed by Janusick were Aidan Askin (26:06), Brendan Hoskins (26:15), Travis Treviso (26:21) and Ryan Bybee (26:28). The men finished 17th as a team.
For the women who competed in the Bradley Classic, Haley Verbeke finished with a 6K time of 22:08. She was followed by Ashley Kamin (22:50), Krista Deceault (23:00), Jackie Mink (23:16) and Kimi Sanden (24:04) to round out the women’s top five.
The Redbirds will next compete Saturday, Nov. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa to race in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.